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.msnbc.com. >> thanks for having me on last hour. >>> thanks to you for staying with us for the next hour. this is the u.s. navy ship buil 1969. the uss mount whitney is a big command and control ship which essentially means it can oversee relyomexpetis at the mita iinlv i it was deployed to haiti, for example, in 1994 as the united states played a roll in ousting the military hunta that had taken over that country. eoiallia, hen john mccain said a alongside the georgians? it was the uss whitney deployed that georgia n part it went to. that's considered to be the most advanced command and control ship that the united states has ever floated. it is where the u.s. has bn running the libyan war out of. between the admiral and a u.s. army general, this is where they've been running the war in libya from. as of last night, the uss mount whitney we think is not going to be the headquarters for the libyan war. that war effort will now be run by nato. the no-fly zone part of it and the bombing gadhafi's ground troops part of it which they call something like protecting civilians. this ship named after the highest
for the next hour. this is the u.s. navy ship built in newport news, virginia, in 1969. the uss mount whitney is a big command and control ship which essentially means it can oversee really complex operations that the military is involved in. it was deployed to haiti, for example, in 1994 as the united states played a roll in ousting the military hunta that had taken over that country. remember when john mccain said today we are all georgians, when russia and the nation of georgia were having a war, and john mccain wanted us to start fighting russia alongside the georgians? it was the uss whitney deployed to bring humanitarian aid. it was the first ship to reach that georgia n part it went to. that's considered to be the most advanced command and control ship that the united states has ever floated. it is where the u.s. has been running the libyan war out of. between the admiral and a u.s. army general, this is where they've been running the war in libya from. as of last night, the uss mount whitney we think is not going to be the headquarters for the libyan war. that war effort will now be r
>>> making his case. president obama defends the u.s. mission in libya. >> some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. the united states of america is different. >>> discrimination suit. america's biggest retailer on edge as the supreme court takes up one of the biggest workplace lawsuits in history. >>> and caught on tape. a vintage air force plane makes an unexpected water landing. this is the "cbs morning news" an unexpected water landing. this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, march 29th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. defending the u.s. military mission in libya. president obama says the operation was necessary to prevent a campaign of killing. this morning rebel forces continue to push west under the cover of allied air support. nato takes command of the operation tomorrow. secretary of state clinton arrived in london last night. this morning she will attend a conference to discuss what comes next in libya. last night the president said u.s. actions in libya stopped a slaughter a
plants right here in the united states. >>> and will the u.s. supreme court green light a massive discrimination lawsuit against walmart? arguments today in one of the most important workers' rights cases the court has ever heard. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> moammar gadhafi and his troops are being accused of new carnage and destruction. just hours after president obama tried to explain the u.s. mission in libya to the american people. this hour we have breaking news. we're learning about major, major setbacks for rebel forces in several cities. in misrata, witnesses say government forces are hammering the city hard, firing bullets over civilians' heads and telling them to run for their lives. gadhafi is fighting back with a vengeance against rebels who had regained ground in recent days under the cover of coalition air strikes. >>> and joining us now in ajdabiya is our own arwa damon. you're with the rebels there. how are they doing, arwa? what's the latest? >> reporter: well, wolf, it's been another bitterly disappointing day for the opposition here. th
of people in london. dozens of u.s. allies that at least one libyan opposition leader. she discussed the coalition's goals for ending the not war. >> to urge qaddafi to implement a real cease-fire that is not going to be immediately breached by his own forces. to withdraw from those areas that he has taken by force. and to look for a political resolution which could include his leaving the country. >> shepard: this comes as a senior u.s. officials tells fox news that qaddafi's inner circle shows signs of, quote, cracking with some of his most trusted advisors questioning whether he can survive. that official also tells us that morale among the libyan troops is low. but the situation on the ground in the not war does not reflect that over the past 24 hours, colonel qaddafi's forces have made significant gains against the rebel fighters. those rebels advanced quickly over the last couple days qaddafi's hometown of sirte. rockets forced them to double back today, retreat. this despite the coalition firing 22 tomahawk missiles at a cost of $33 million. and flying more than 100 air strike
to those lawmakers and to the american people his take on the u.s. military involve in the the north african nation, which began just over a week ago. white house correspondent mike emanuel is at the national defense university, the site of the speech tonight with a preview. mike? >> reporter: good evening. president obama will speak to a mostly military audience in the auditorium about why he authorized military force in libya. and where the mission goes from here. military intervention by the u.s. and allies appeared to have shifted momentum in favor of the rebels who fought their way to muammar gaddafi's hometown of sirte. >> clearly, the opposition is not well-organized and it's not a very robust organization. that is obvious. so any gain that they make is tenuous based on that. >> reporter: in a town hall on univision simulcast in spanish, president obama reiterated about libya. >> our involvement is there is going to be limited. both in time and in scope. >> reporter: over the weekend, mr. obama explained why he believed military action was necessary. >> i firmly believe that w
and france and the u.s. want gaddafi to go and face trial for war crimes and for libyans to work towards choosing a new and more open system of government. libyan television shows casualty victims injured in plane strikes. but it cannot be clairefied. >> the last official figure that we've. the rebels in their vehicles return. they are -- they have now returned. the rebels on one set -- side of ben jawad and they are using a large amount of rockets, firing them into and over the town of the gaddafi forces, and the gaddafi forces are replying with ar tilly. >> all right, nick. thank you for that update. >> let's speak to our world affairs correspondent in the capital now. as you know we've got this london conference about to get under way this afternoon. what, if any, has been the reaction to the conference in tripoli? >> well, colonel gaddafi has sent out a letter, strangely unreported here, to the american congress and european parolments and various other people appealing to them to stop what he calls the crusader aggression. the letter says civilians here have been killed by the crusa
that the military is involved in. the uss mt. whitney was deployed to haiti as the u.s. played a role in ousting the military junta that took over the country. remember when john mccain said today we are all georgians? that was when russia and the nation were having a war and john mccain wanted the u.s. to start fighting russia alongside the georgians? during that war it was the uss mt. whitney that was deployed to deliver aid in georgia and the first ship to reach the port that it went to. mt. whitney is considered the most advanced ship that the u.s. has floated. this is where the u.s. has been running the libyan war out of. between the ship's admiral and the u.s. attorney general, this is where the u.s. has been running the war in libya from. as of last night, the uss mt. whitney we think is not going to be the headquarters for the war anymore. that effort will now be run by nato. both the no-fly zone part and the bombing ground troops part which they call like protecting civilians. the uss mt. whitney named after the highest peak will no longer be the place where from which it is run. does t
the details. obama >>> president the nation for the first the u.s. bombed libya to stop muammar gaddafi from attacking his own people. a failure to act would have a betrayal of who we are as he said., this speech comes amid criticism democrats and republicans. john has more on what is next for the white house. >> secretary of state hillary in london withet opposition and from 30 nations. failing to intervene in libya left the world watching and at the humanitarian disaster unfold. >> the people have been ruled by tyrant, muammar gaddafi. e has exploited their guelph, opponents at home and abroad and terrorize innocent people. >> it went on for a year in bosnia before the world responded. >> tonight we have stopped the deadly attacks. >> hours earlier rebels recaptured crucial territory. the president said he fulfilled promises and no ground troops. nato takes over on wednesday. >>for those who doubted our capacity to take care of this the u.s. has done said we would do. >> he pushed back who said the goal should go beyond the e of protecting civilians. >> broadening our missions include regi
, this is "special report." good evening. i'm bret baier. pentagon officials say so far the u.s. spent $580 million on the libyan conflict. while we're committed to the operation financially, militarily and diplomatically, questions remain about what it will mean to deem the mission a success. james rosen is at the state department. good evening. >> reporter: good evening. president obama and top commanderrers pushed forward on the parallel and separate path to strip muammar gaddafi of his ability to wage war and pressuring him to resign. today a top nato commander said the missions may connect over time in london, secretary of state hillary clinton met with colleagues from the united nations, europe and arab league to sketch out end game in libya. clinton said arming the libyan rebels were not discussed and only vaguely did she address growing speculation that gaddafi will receive asylum. >> we believe he must go. we're working with the international community to try to achieve that outcome. and look for political resolution which could include leaving the country. >> bret: we are not engaged and
. >> president obama defends our attacks on libya, saying even though the u.s. wasn't in imminent danger, our interest and values were at stake. but the attacks stopped short, he says, of trying to force muammar gaddafi out. >> if we tried to overthrow gaddafi by force, our coalition would splinter. we would likely have to put u.s. troops on the ground. >> not an option, the president said. instead, secretary of state hillary clinton is in london today, meeting with countries who want to see a new government in libya. their aim -- pressure gaddafi to step down on his own. >> we tied up his financial assets, the $33 billion. we've got an embargo. he is getting weaker all of the time. >> capitol hill critics still say the president should have consulted congress first. >> we've got to be careful about slipping into these wars. tomorrow, nato takes over. the u.s. takes a back seat. and libya takes center stage as the world's latest front in the fight for freedom. what about other countries like yemen behind syria that are facing similar uprisings? what is our policy there? the president said wh
a special series examining the experience is of those who have come to call the u.s. home. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and also around the globe. in libya, state television is reporting you allied air strikes tonight, even as anti-government rebels) on what could be an important symbolic victory after a weekend of military gains. there have been moving steadily west, retaking towns they had earlier lost, moving from benghazi, the rebels are now in control of three other towns. the biggest victory could be the capture of sirte, colonel gaddafi's home town. >> taking the fight to colonel gaddafi's birthplace. rebels pounding targets near the town of sirte. a victory here would have huge the symbolic value. if the libyan leader cannot defend his home town, how long can he defend his regime? rebels said these were some of his supporters, mercenaries, they claimed, sent to kill, but defeated by poorly armed volunteers. we found rebel fighters racing to the front lines with a clear message for the libyan leader. a few weeks ago, a gesture like this would have gotten him killed. alo
, we would likely have to put u.s. troops on the ground to accomplish that mission. to be blunt, we went down that road in iraq, that is not something we can afford to repeat in libya. >> so rebels may be short of what they expected from the u.s. >> the timing of this speech has reinforced the sentiment transition in the military campaign of the americans pulling back their support role and nato taking command. and britain and france taking the initiative. >> and so it's destination london for hillary clinton, one of four highly powerful delegates to consider how all this might end and what sort of libya will emerge. steve kingston, "bbc news," washington. >> well, the one city still in rebel hands is misrata. and the pro gaddafi forces have been surrounding that city for days, bombarding it, and the humanitarian situation in misrata for some time has been described as dire. shortages of food and water and dozens of civilians being killed and hundreds being injured there. our world affairs john simpson reporting from libya was taken outside misrata to see what's going on there. here
were taken away. >>> tonight, michelle reid goes on national television to blast the u.s.a. today report that questions whether some of the gains on dc student test scores are real. the report based on statistics says so many of the students wrong answers had been erased and changed to right ones, there's almost no way those changes could have been legitimate. bruce johnson has been on this story from the beginning. he has new information that has just come in. >> it's good for the parents out there. lesli, a short time ago, acting chancellor made public the security reviews done by an outside independent company for the standardized test. henderson reiterated in a statement tonight that the review by the consulting services of philadelphia found no evidence of cheat at any of the schools flagged for testing irregularities. former chancellor, michelle reid is out of town tonight in indiana, we're told, before leaving she taped an appearance for pbs, in which she criticized the u.s.a. today article and defends student test scores under her watch. >> i mean, if you look at the sto
of power. >> as u.s. president obama outlines his position, delegates from dozens of country s arriie in london to discuss libya's future. >>> hello, 5:00 a.m. in washington, 10:00 a.m. in london. >> you're watching "world one live" from london. also ahead. >>> this is a pro-government rally, organized to show support for syria's president assad. >>> more trouble at the japan fukushima nuclear plant. a plutonium leak and tons of contaminated water are the latest hazards. >> good news out of denmark. watch this. >> yeah! >> yes! >> delight for police searching for a missing 3-year-old as news comes in that he's been found. >>> we begin with the crisis in libya and foreign ministers from more than 40 countries are meeting in london today to talk about how libya can move ahead without moammar gadhafi. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton's going to be there, so will the british prime minister david cameron and the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon. there will be a strong showing from the arab world with representatives from qatar, jordan, lebanon, iraq, morocco and tunisia. the talks
values. he argued last night that the u.s.-led coalition helped to avert a massacre that would have "stained the contents of the world." the alliance against gaddafi has made significant gains. rebels have recaptured nearly all the ground they lost and are closing in on the home town of gaddafi. the president emphasized that these gains have come at a relatively low-cost. the u.s. has not gone into this along. so the progress has come without u.s. ground troops and with a full transfer of power to nato tomorrow. the president stopped short of supporting a forceful removal of adopted, which has become a point of contention with republicans. >> now we are fighting on the side of the anti-gaddafi rebels. we are paving the way for them. we should acknowledge that. >> the president has found himself all along caught between those saying that he has not done enough and those that have said he has done too much. hillary clinton is in london today with international leaders to explore other options such as financial. >>> the situation at the crippled japanese nuclear power plant is being de
can call the obama doctrine, when to deploy u.s. military forces around the world. he laid out the case when it's in the united states interest to use military force, when it's in the united states interest not to use military force, and this is the example that he gave, this is going to be the precedent, what the united states has done now in libya, presumably given the explosion of unrest that's happening right now throughout north africa and the middle east, if there are similar circumstances that develop in other countries, whether in syria, or yemen and bahrain, and the potential of mass slaughter of civilians is there, the pressure will be on this president to go ahead and authorize what the president authorized in libya. and the greatest potential for the u.s., if there's a revolution, and if there's serious unrest in iran and the people are standing up against mahmoud ahmadinejad and the i ayatollahs take similar action as far as iran is concerned. i think we can call this the obama doctrine. >> and he also made it clear what the limits of this mission is as he sees it
moammar gadhafi in power. hillary clinton represents the u.s. ban ki moon and more will attend. they called on gadhafi to leave libya. >>> the u.s. president made his case to fellow americans for intervening in libya's civil war. barack obama said the u.s. had a responsibility to act to the overt a civilian massacre but not to seek by force. libyan fighters very run into resistance. >>> disturbing news we're hearing about radiation levels at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. radioactive water may be leaking from a containment vessel. they've also found plutonium in the soil, but the levels, they say, are not harmful to humans. >>> pro-government demonstrations are expected in syria on tuesday. one of the latest places to have anti-government protests being held. "world business" starts now. >>> good morning, from cnn london, i'm nina del santos. >> and i'm pauline chu, and this is world business today. the top stories on this tuesday, march 29th. u.s. president barack obama tries to explain his country's intervention in libya, but his critics are counting the cost of t
his case for u.s. and -- >> president obama makes his case for u.s. involvement in libya. kate amara is in washington with more on his speech and what comes next not -- what comes next. >> president obama announced that nato will take over command and control of the entire operation in libya on wednesday. as allied air attacks continued to pound muammar gaddafi's forces across libya president barack obama defended the wort. >> in this particular country, libya, at this particular moment, we were faced with the prospect of violence on a horrific scale. we had a unique ability to stop that violence. >> in an address to the nation, president obama said that the international coalition is needed to protect civilians and announce the u.s.'s transition to a supporting role tomorrow. >> i am confident that our coalition will keep the pressure on gaddafi's forces. >> secretary of state hillary clinton is in london for a conference on the crisis. she will meet with nato allies, and the partners, and members of the libyan opposition. why president obama ruled out targeting muammar gaddafi -- >
>> tom: more than a week after air strikes began, what's the taxpayers' bill so far for u.s. military operations in libya? >> we've spent between $300 and $500 million, but as we move forward those costs should drop substantially. >> suzanne: as president obama talks to americans about libya, we'll look at how much money the conflict will cost the u.s., even as nato takes the lead. you're watching "nightly business report" for monday, march 28. this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. captioning sponsored by wpbt >> tom: good evening and thanks for joining us. susie gharib is off tonight. i'm joined by my colleague suzanne pratt. u.s. warplanes, ships and missiles have been striking against libya for more than a week. this evening, suzanne, president obama makes his case to the american people. that's after facing questions about the goals and costs of the mission. >> suzanne: and, tom, the president's speech come
billion of dollars. >>> the u.s. supreme court is expected to rule by summer. >>> an intense search is underway after a shooting in a parking lot of a mall. we're over the marley station's mall parking lot. a man was shot here. he made his way near the highway. he was rushed to shock trauma and police are looking for two suspects in a dark gray hon dam - - honda. >>> today, the man accused in the murder of an eastern shore girl pleads guilty. vic has more. >> reporter: the prosecutors agreed to take the death penalty off the table for legs. this is for the murder of an 11- year-old. the girl was kidnapped and found dead on christmas day in 2009. her mother spoke today. >> we thank you for giving up your christmas of '09 to bring our baby home. >> we want to thank everyone. >> we now have closure and we can move on. including the community. >> he dated her aunt for some time. >>> wjz sat down with scary's parents. -- with sara's parents. >>> a baltimore county police officer is officially charged. coal westton has been in charge of the police union since the 90s. late last week, he w
congress to continue to be involved. nancy pelosi said u.s. action will be strengthened by consultation with congress. last week a lot of them spoke under the democratic side were critical of president obama for not briefing congress in regards to what the mission was in libya. they feel on the democratic side more aware of what that is and want to be briefed regularly. secretary of state hillary clinton will be beyond with the foreign relations committee. they expect a lot of questions to her, but in terms of setting a precedent for the democratic party to believe in, president obama did accomplish that goal. he did not satisfy republicans at all. one interesting caveat i will say, senator john mccain, the president's opponent actually said he enjoyed hearing president obama clearly state what the policy was in libya. he remained shall we say unaware of how gadhafi would be removeed fr per wldikmo iorti outh, t ppti o what the president's actions were there. john mccain maybe going back to the maverick style by being more supportive of president obama than his conference there. >> the
for images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action. >> president obama said the u.s. was not in imminent danger, our values were at stake. he stopped short of trying to force muammar gaddafi out. >> if we tried to -- will likely have to put u.s. troops on the ground. >> not an option. instead, hillary clinton is in london today, meeting with countries who want to see a new government in libya. pressure gaddafi to step down on his own. >> we tied up his financial assets. we have an embargo. he is getting weaker all the time. >> some say the president should have consulted congress first. nato takes over tomorrow. libya takes center stage in the lot -- in the fight for freedom. what about other countries like yemen that are facing similar uprisings? the president said wherever people want to be free, they will find a friend in the united states. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. do you think the president was effective in conveying his message? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or se
of the officer tonight. >>> the u.s. heard from the commander in chief tonight about the crisis in libya. president obama told the country the u.s. strategy is working. innocent civilians are not being slaughtered in the civil war. >> some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. the united states of america is different. and as president, i refuse to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action. >> the rebels are now moving almost uninterrupted toward tripoli. gadhafi's soldiers are taking off their uniforms, even leaving meals half eaten in attempts to flee the front. the military has taken control of operations and the u.s. role. what he did not say is what critics are talking about tonight. the president did not discuss an exit strategy. they say the country cannot afford another war right now. >>> she has become the face of the crisis in libya, the mystery woman who dared to speak out against gadhafi's regime. her allegations, rape, for tour and brutality. press crews from around the world were this this weekend as police too
with the battle -- the bbc middle east. it starts with jeremy bowen in london. >> the u.s. jets returning to their base in italy. the decision to use air power against colonel gadhafi in libya was taken quickly, so quickly that they are still sorting out the politics behind it. if that is one reason for the london conference, assembling ministers and diplomats from 40 countries, and the arab league and the african union to back u.n. resolutions. though thertheir enthusiasm for military action varies. the mandate to protect civilians also means taking sides in a civil war. >> we made the right choice, that was to draw a line in the desert sand to halt the murderous advance of gaddafi's forces. no one has yet to explain when or how that commitment ends. the conference also said -- started the process toward more legitimacy. this is the closest of rebels have to a political leadership and would like more help on the ground, too. >> the americans said they would consider arming the rebels. is that something you would like? >> you can see that they are fighting with machine guns, etc. >> the u
's blatant hypocrisy isn't enough to speak out, how about this? "jihadis that fought us the u.s. in iraq and afghanistan now enjoy american support in libya." excuse me? that means the people who we were actually shooting at on the battlefield, we now giving arms to in libya. this libya rebel commander says his fighters have al-qaeda links. we'll have more on the story at the bottom of the hour. let's see if we have this right. we have a nobel peace prize winning president, encouraging unrest in the mast. saying rise up, isn't this great? look, now people are rising up. people are getting killed everywhere. then he gave the commander to launch america's third military conflict with a muslim nation that poses no immediate threat. never made the case to the american people. and no exit strategy. no one is even asking or answering the question what does victory look like? chaos. the "new york times" is reporting now that the muslim brotherhood has now formed a tactic partnership with the egyptian military. oh, that seems great. and they're poised to grab control. what do you say? shirria la
tells americans why he is risking u.s. fighters and all those billions of dollars in libya. >>> women versus walmart. the nation's biggest employer heads to a showdown in the nation's top court, and the subject is sex discrimination. >>> curing diabetes? could surgery -- look at this woman before and now this woman after. could surgery work for 14 million obese americans with type ii of the disease? >>> and 7 years old and sexy? a big company selling push-up bikinis for little girls as a lot of americans are wising up today to say it's time to draw the line. >>> good evening and just a short time ago, president obama took to the air weaves to argue to americans that it's been the right decision for the u.s. to be in libya, to be a part of the allied fight a third battle front if the u.s. he under scored that sus no longer in the lead on the operation. will allows the military force on the line and the cost. jake tapper was there in the hall where the president just spoke. he is at the national defense university in washington still. jake. >> reporter: this evening, president obama exp
>>> on the broadcast here tonight, make get case for u.s. military action in libya. tonight the president addresses the nation as the rebels make their biggest push yet into gadhafi territory. >>> radiation continues to turn up in trace amounts here, and of course it's a full-blown crisis in japan. >>> walmart and women. a case hded to the supreme court this week that could impact all women in the u.s. workforce. >>> and making a difference so kids of active duty americans don't have to put their favorite sport on ice. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. president obama addressed the nation tonight, a speech delivered before a live audience. as the associated press put it, defending the first war launched on his watch. the president said the u.s. acted by launching those air strikes nine days ago to prevent a massacre of the libyan people by moammar gadhafi. he said gadhafi is not a target and that the u.s. is acting as part of this coalition to protect civilians. he talked about the uses and limits of military power while he is president and said there will be time
get anything though and they took off down independence. u.s. park police say despite that crime, the mall remains safe gentleman several years ago, we do -- we did have some robberies on the mail. they were prosecuted. we haven't had any serious crimes against persons in several years here so we have a pretty low crime rate through here. >> the victim was treated at the hospital for head and leg injuries. he has not been identified. we'll have more coming up in a live report at 6:30. >>> police are soying for a suspect after a deadly shooting in northeast. officers responded to reports of gunfire along bryant street in d.c. just south of rhode island avenue around 10:00 last night. they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. he was later pronounced dead at the hospital notch word on any -- at the hospital. no word on any motive. >>> mayor vince gray's first state of the district address. the mayor says he is focusing on creating jobs, improving education, stopping hiv transmission and developing communities east of the river. the mayor did not directly discuss the current a
, about u.s. involvement in the north african country. >> ifill: then, marcia coyle walks us through today's supreme court arguments in a huge class action suit against wal-mart. >> woodruff: we update the nuclear crisis in japan, as the prime minister says his country is on "maximum alert." >> ifill: miles o'brien reports from the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, the chernobyl power plant, where, decades later, radiation levels are still higher than normal. >> 25 years after the accident here, scientists are still trying to piece together its full impact. in the wake of events in japan there's new focus on their work. >> woodruff: and ray suarez interviews housing analyst robert shiller about new evidence of falling home prices in cities across the nation. that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> oil companies have changed my country. >> oil companies can make a difference. >> we have the chance to build the economy. >> create jobs, keep people healthy and improve schools. >> .and our communities. >> in angola chevron h
addressed the nation monday night to clarify the purpose of the u.s. mission in libya. >> i refuse to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action. when our interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act. that's what's happened in libya. >> reporter: the explanation comes more than a week after the u.s. military and a coalition of allies began military action to enforce the united nations backed no fly zone in the civil war torn country. president obama explained actions the united states has taken to protect the libyan people from the brutality of moammar gadhafi and u.s. policy going forward as nato takes control of the mission. >> we will deny the regime arms, cut off its supplies of cash, assist the opposition and work with other nations to hasten the day when gadhafi leaves power. >> reporter: both republicans and democrats have criticized the president's policy questioning the purpose, cost and possible consequences. the ranking republican on the senate armed services committee praised the president's remarks but said he didn't go far enou
. their wounds appear to be non- threatening. >>> u.s. park police need your help as they searched for suspects who robbed a man along the national mall last night near the capital garden at the smithsonian institution building. that is in texas and street southwest. two masked men went through the victim's pockets, but fled without taking anything. the victim was hospitalized with minor injuries. >>> president obama takes his case for military action in libya on the road today. he will make a speech later today in new york. >> last night the president defended his tauruses and announced nato will take over the lead role tomorrow. emily schmidt. has schmidt >> president obama explaining the u.s. involvement in libya he said it was the right thing to do. >> the u.s. and the world faced a choice. gaddafi declared that he would show no mercy to his own people. it was not in our national interest to lack that happen. i refused to back that happen. >> mr. obama said in 10 days the coalition stopped gaddafi's advance, doing so without the u.s. ground troops and with a full transfer of power to nato t
in libya. president obama will be arriving here in new york for an event at u.s. mission to the united nations. his visit comes less than 24 hours after addressing the nation about the u.s. involvement in libya. the president reiterating the u.s. mission in libya is humanitarian and not an attempt to force a regime change. >> if we tried to overthrow gadhafi by force, our coalition would splinter. we would likely have to put u.s. troops on the ground to accomplish that mission. or risk killing many civilians from the air. to be blunt, we went down that road in iraq. but regime change there took eight years, thousands of american and iraqi lives, and nearly $1 trillion. that is not something we can afford to repeat in libya. >> msnbc's richard wolffe joins us live from the white house. as i mentioned, richard, the president should be landing at jfk in four minutes. interesting observations. this was a surprisingly partisan reaction to a foreign policy speech last night. >> reporter: yes, it is partisan. and that may not be surprising, even to the white house. remember, the president, on
>>> making news in america this morning -- >> the u.s. gets ready to hand off the mission in libya, after president obama makes his case to the nation, that military intervention was necessary. >>> from california, a sliding hillside puts homes in danger. families told to get out before their houses tumbled down. >>> and the drastic measures taken by one teen who wanted a new car. wait until you hear what she did to get it. >>> and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us today. president obama takes his case for military action against libya on the road today. it will be part of a major speech that mr. obama gives later today. >> right here in new york. >> and last night, the president spoke to the nation to defend his choices and also to announce that nato will take over the lead role tomorrow. emily schmidt is joining us from washington with all the details. good morning, emily. >> reporter: peggy and rob, good morning to you. before president obama used the word libya last night, he said the words international effort. and he said the world had had a responsibility to a
made the case on u.s. involvement in libya, the military is preparing to scale back the role and let nato take command. at the same time, members from 40 nations gather in london to discuss the end game in libya and a possible future without muammar qaddafi. at home nato allied supreme commander in europe, is telling congress he is optimistic muammar qaddafi will fall under the pressure. >> we have a chance at muammar qaddafi leaving because the entire international community is again him. >>shepard: muammar qaddafi ruled for four decades and repeatedly said he will never give up and despite international strikes against his military, the rebels say the government is better armed and organization than anything makeshift they come up with. there are muammar qaddafi's government tanks and rockets driving back the open opposition. though are trying to retreat, the relatives from a town. >> regular cars are fighting with machine guns, et cetera, et cetera, we did not have arms or we would finish muammar qaddafi in a few days. >>shepard: a spokesman for the opposition in london asking the
of the biggest headlines and the pressure is mounting. u.s. ships and submarines unleashed eight impressive brajah of missiles. amid those renewed efforts to end this conflict quickly. >> what at times looked like a ragtag band of rebels is getting more serious backing. leaders from 40 countries met in london today and many agree it is time to get rid of gaddafi. >> a new beginning is within our grasp and we must help them to seize it. >> while outside demonstrators begged for continued intervention. secretary clinton met twice with a representative. >> we cannot and must not attempt to impose our will on the people of libya. we can and must stand with them as they determine their own destiny. >> more u.s. and nato military action. 22 u.s. missiles launched just today. your home, there were calls for clear-cut goals. not a long term standoff. >> we want him gone. whether it is to live with chavez or hitler and stalin. he should be in a criminal court. >> gadhafi should leave libya. >> what it means for the country is unknown. would democracy take hold? leaders say they do not know enough ab
housing the u.s. mission to the united nations. the ronald h. brown building was commerce secretary during clinton's first term in office. >>> the shuttle "endeavour" arrives in the space shuttle tonight. it's set to lift off for the final space mission. it's time to continue to suzanne malveaux. i'll be over to talk about the obama doctrine. >>> live from studio 7, i'm suzanne malveaux. want to get you up to speed. i want to go directly to ras lanouf. what is the latest over there? >> hi, suzanne, well, for the last hour and a half, we've been hearing and seeing a fairly heavy artillery barrage. we've been hearing the explosions taking place on the other side of ras lanouf. they are trading artillery with gadhafi's military. this is a blow to the opposition that has been forced back from its positions in ben jawad, 40 miles to the west of here. they came under heavy sustained artillery, tank and rocket fire, as well as snipers inside that town firing on them. they were unable to sustain that, stand up against it. we saw them beating a hastety retreat from ben jawad coming here to r
.com click on the you decide link today. we're asking if the u.s. should arm libya's rebels. there are some questions about that. click on your answer and you can see how other people are voting. so far more than a thouf you have weighed in. you can check it out at foxnews.com. so many tkpwres, about who the opposition is. gregg: the president didn't talk about arming the rebels but a lot of people are saying he really should have done that. we want your thoughts on that. in the meantime there is a new wave of protests in yemen this morning. take a look at this demonstrators calling for the immediate ouster of ali abdullah saleh and demanding political reforms. now ali abdullah saleh has promised to september down at the end of his term, dozens of protesters have been killed in yemen since antigovernment violent tkepl straeugtss broke out last month. and now syria where president's has resigned, they just quit. human rights groups claiming that dozen of antigovernment protesters were killed by the syrian troops. hundreds of house of progovernment demonstrators are flooding the streets of da
at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. while this committee does not have oversight on the safety of u.s. nuclear plants, we do have to consider how events such as those at fukushima affected the ability of our nation's nuclear freedom, 104 reactors, to supply electricity. of course, these 104 reactors currently account for about 20% of the electricity that we use and what the future of nuclear energy will be as part of our nation's energy banks. events at fukushima are changing by the our. they are serious, and we are watching those events unfold on the other side of the world. our knowledge at best is incomplete. as we look forward to these experts and forming a committee on what they see at the plant, how would impact our nation must existing fleet of reactors, and answer questions the committee members might have. before i introduce our two -- our first panel, we have four witnesses, two on this first panel and two on the second trip before i introduced the panel, let me call on senator murkowski for comment. >> let me welcome those who are presenting today. i appreciate the time is
then become the largest class action employment suit in u.s. history. walmart, america's largest private employer, says, no, the class would be too big, the plaintiffs too dissimilar, the issues too many to litigate. the plaintiffs say walmart wants a big company exception to civil rights 0 law. two lower federal courts have ruled the class and case can go forward. that brings us to the supreme court where we now have three women justices, the most ever. cnn's kate bolduan has been following the case for us and joins us to recap the arguments. kate, good to see you. any sign that the women justices were at all receptive to the plaintiffs? >> reporter: that's very interesting. i would say, first off, that it did seem in the courtroom with the aggressive question you did hear from the female justices, that they were receptive to the women's claims to the sides of the plaintiffs. but, as i just said, there are three women on this court. so what it's looking like -- we always have to give it a huge caveat here because of course we never know until the justices rule -- from the commentary and
. at the same time, u.s. and coalition partners kept up the military attacks, launching 22 cruise missile on targets in tripoli. qaddafi's forces, however, are still better armed than the opposition and today they have the rebels on the run. they were forced to retreat just as they prepared to attack qaddafi's hometown of surt. instead, though, they were pushed back more than 25 miles, and not just by the military baby civilians who remain loyal to qaddafi. mandy clark reports tonight from the ever-shifting front line. >> reporter: an attack by qaddafi forces took rebels by surprise at bin jawad. they fought hard with everything they had but were forced back. and even while fleeing came under fire. they had originally retreated to the town because of a new threat rebels here say it wasn't just government forces but also residents firing from their homes that forced them to pull back. they confiscated these weapons handed out by qaddafi forces from locals who were loyal to the regime. how many weapons did you find in total? >> reporter: another problem the anti-qaddafi forces are facing: s
night, the dangers of u.s. military involvement while already fighting two other wars and the precedent this may set in other nations. and the fact that this may not go quite as the u.s. and nato have planned. notably as you're about to hear, the president left open the possibility of arming the rebels who are in the fight against gadhafi in libya. here now a portion of our conversation with the president at this time of high stakes overseas. the moment your speech ended last night, the associated press put out an item that read, president obama's speech was about defending the first war launched on his watch. how does it end? >> well, first of all, i think it's important to note that we've had two wars on my watch. one which we've wound down and we do not have combat operations in iraq any more. afghanistan is still a tough fight. that weighs heavily on me in making these decisions. but what was clear to me, we had a unique circumstance to save a lot of lives in this libyan situation. and that we had an international mandate to do it, and an international coalition that was prepared to
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